Loving With A Heavy Heart Chapter 23
22 Will You Be Our Model
Adam watched Elle for a while. His eyes never once left her, as he waited for his opportunity. Finally it came. Abby was called over to talk to the birthday girl and Elle was left alone.
This time Elle noticed him approaching and smiled at him. "Hello again."
Adam nodded in greeting, and simply stood beside her. Elle was tired of conversing, so she welcomed his quite company.
"Is everything alright?" Adam asked eventually.
"Why do you ask?" Elle asked in surprise.
"You seem unhappy."
"I'm fine." Elle said cheerfully.
Adam turned his piercing gaze on her. Elle met his gaze, determined not to look away first. She could tell by the look in his eyes that he knew she was trying to hide something, but Elle was determined to fool him.
She contorted her lips, assuming her usual fake smile. But her cheeks weren't cooperating. Elle could feel their reluctance to be moulded falsely. When Adam finally looked away her smile fell away lifelessly.
"If you don't want to say that's fine." Adam said softly. "But don't think you can fool me so easily."
Elle was stunned. Adam was practically a stranger to her. They had only met a few brief times, so how could he presume he knew what she was feeling? Her father barely noticed her, and even Abby was fooled by her smile. So how could he, who barely knew her at all, tell at a single glance?
"Is there something I can help you with?" Elle asked, slightly irritated with him now.
"What if I told you there was?"
"What is it?" Elle asked. Her irritation disappeared as quickly as it came, replaced by curiosity instead. Adam Hayes was a man who could do anything perfectly. What help could someone like her possibly be to someone like him?
"I'm not sure if you've heard, but MK will be having a huge launch event for our holiday jewellery line," He began.
Elle nodded. Of course she had heard of it. Everyone in the city probably knew of it. MK's launch parties were infamous. The anticipation for the upcoming event was huge.
"Well you see we have the normal retail line, but we will also be showcasing several custom pieces."
"I'm not entirely sure what I can help you with." Elle was still confused about what he wanted her help for.
"Well you see one of our models pulled out suddenly. MK spent weeks looking for a replacement, but none of them met my standards. Finally I met a girl who I think is not only suitable, but even better then our original model. However, I don't know how to invite her. I'm concerned she will turn me down." Adam explained.
Elle let out a light laugh. "You are Adam Hayes. You're asking someone to model for one of the biggest events of the year. There is no one who would reject such an appealing proposal." Elle said, assuming he was looking for reassurance from her.
"Do you mean that?" Adam asked with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes.
"Then will you do it?"
"Will you be our model?" Adam asked.